Indo-China Film Production Deal On The Cards

New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2004, 05:30am hrs
After the success of Lagaan and popularity of Indian DVDs in China, a co-production agreement between the two countries may be on its way soon. A high-level Chinese delegation, headed by Cabinet minister for Radio, Films and TV Xu Guangchuan, is visiting India from February 4.

According to government officials, the visit is likely to pave way for a co-production treaty between India and China. Such a treaty would permit any Chinese film-maker to create projects together with India and access tax/financial incentives on both sides.

Such a pact with India would be particularly significant due to the increasing prominence of the Chinese film industry in the international scene, both in terms of box-office success and awards.

Besides meeting information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Chinese delegation would interact with officials of state broadcaster Prasar Bharati and private channel Zee Telefilms. Cooperation, both for content and hardware, is likely in the television sector also.

The delegation, which would include director general of foreign affairs Ma Xumin, deputy director general Zhang Pimin, and director of external affairs Yang Cheng Sheng, would also meet the film fraternity in Mumbai.

Even as Chinas state broadcaster CCTV had shown interest in buying rights to Indian films two years ago, the process is yet to be completed.